On Christoffel roots for nondetached slowness surfaces
L. Bos, M.A. Slawinski and T. Stanoev
Journal name: Geophysical Prospecting
Issue: Vol 67, No 9, November 2019 pp. 2280 - 2286
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The only restriction on the values of the elasticity parameters is the stability condition. Within this condition, we examine the Christoffel equation for nondetached qP slowness surfaces in transversely isotropic media. If the qP slowness surface is detached, each root of the solubility condition corresponds to a distinct smooth wavefront. If the qP slowness surface is nondetached, the roots are elliptical but do not correspond to distinct wavefronts; also, the qP and qSV slowness surfaces are not smooth.